At the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.
Professional stunt driver Terry Grant, who at the 2011 Festival of Speed drove a Nissan JUKE up the hillclimb course on two wheels, set a time of 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph (88.5km/h) over the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course.
Having set the record on Friday, the opening day of the Festival, Terry went on to smash his time on Saturday and Sunday, shaving an amazing 26 seconds off Friday's time
With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low centre of gravity making the car very stable at speed with little body roll under cornering.
The attempt was part of Nissan's ambitious social media-driven campaign, The Big Turn On, which is spreading the EV message across Europe. The campaign aims to prove that as well as being environmentally friendly, the Nissan LEAF is safe, economical to run, practical, and fun to drive.